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Proteum Energy is a sustainable energy solutions company at the forefront of the sustainable energy revolution. Proteum is the Latin word for hydrogen and Proteum Energy’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy by producing affordable low and negative-carbon intensity renewable hydrogen. Sustainability is enhanced by leveraging existing energy infrastructure and expertise, local communities, and the growing importance and integration of carbon capture and utilization with Proteum’s partners.
Proteum’s Vision: Over the next decade to see widespread adoption of low-cost, low-CI regional hydrogen for heavy-duty truck and rail transportation, hydrogen blending for low carbon gas to power, and regional modular production of low-CI ammonia.
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Larry Tree, Co-Founder / CEO defines his idea of success in leadership as, “actively listening and serving, and treating others like I’d like to be treated. It’s something I personally strive to achieve every day through my words and actions. I recall a quote from Colleen Barrett, President Emerita of Southwest Airlines about creating culture; ‘words create thoughts, thoughts create emotions, emotions create beliefs, beliefs create culture, and culture drives performance.’ I believe the logic behind this statement to be impeccable for any leader in any situation.”
Proteum Energy focuses on providing sustainable energy solutions with the goal of leveraging the valuable infrastructure we already have in place. Larry explains, “The world is in an energy transition. Why not leverage the infrastructure and resources already available to accelerate the transition? Let’s call it an energy addition!”
Larry shares his views on renewable energy economics, “Long-term economics ultimately ‘drive the bus’ for renewable energy development. Short-term, government incentives will certainly help, just like they did for wind and solar. Profitability without incentives is important for sustainability. Carbon capture and utilization is the way forward toward sustainability. The ethanol industry understands this and is already leading the way forward. Traditional oil and gas producers have seen CCS as an important way to leverage oil production for decades. That was profitable, but it wasn’t sustainable. Now, it’s so encouraging to see these producers take on CCS with urgency and vigor. Proteum partners with ethanol and oil and gas producers and midstream operators for regional production of low and negative CI hydrogen. We see this as a logical and sustainable way forward and it fits with Proteum’s vision to accelerate the energy transition over the next decade.
Larry’s vision for Proteum Energy is to accelerate the way forward by leveraging what we already have. He simplifies it stating, ‘Let’s grow where we are planted’ and utilize the resources and assets we already have in place, like low CI agriculture, extraordinary renewable ethanol production and its related ecosystem, and the largest and most efficient energy transfer mechanism in commerce; midstream oil and gas processing and pipelines.”
Larry believes the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” rings true. We need to gather as partners to accelerate the energy transition. Proteum Energy wants to partner with leaders of all types to accelerate an energy addition. Specifically, these are leaders in renewable power, renewable ethanol (both producers and growers), renewable and non-renewable ammonia production, committed GHG emissions oil and gas producers and midstream operators, carbon capture and utilization partners, and food grade CO2 off-takers. And, of course, regionally focused hydrogen offtake partners in liquefaction and heavy-duty transportation, hydrogen gas to power blending, e-methanol producers and low to negative CI ammonia producers and users.
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